Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
Thursday, January 9 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Please note: Additional registration required.
The PSA Grower Training Course will overview the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, produce safety best practices, details on how to develop a farm food safety plan, as well as satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.
Please pre-register for this course. Session may be canceled if attendance does not meet minimum of 10 people.
Space is limited to 50 people.
7:30 a.m. Sign in
8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Course Expectations
8:30 a.m. Module 1: Introduction to Produce
9:15 a.m. Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Module 3: Soil Amendments
11:00 a.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part I: Production Water
12:00 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2: Postharvest Water
1:45 p.m. Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
3:45 p.m. Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
4:30 p.m. Final Questions and Evaluations
Bridging the GAPs: Approaches for Treating Irrigation Water On-Farm*
Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Fruit & vegetable growers are continually assessing their operations to determine where they can limit risk and increase productivity. On-farm preharvest water treatment systems is high on the list of risks. Come for a day-long course with extension specialists across the Southeast to learn about different approaches to treating water on-farm; how to implement these systems to meet requirements of the Produce Safety Rule; and how to verify that the system is operating as intended.
*Pre-registration is required.
**This workshop has gone to a waiting list. If you are interested in this workshop, please put your name on the waiting list. GFVGA and UGA will be using this waiting list when we bring this workshop back to Georgia.**
9:15-10:15 Module 1: Agricultural Water Treatment and FSMA
10:15-12:00 Module 2: Agricultural Water Treatment Tools
12:45-2:30 Module 3: Developing On-farm Agricultural Water Treatment Programs
2:30-3:45 Module 4: Implementing Agricultural Water Treatment on the Farm
Fundamentals of Blackberry Production Workshop*
Thursday, January 9, 2020
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
A workshop for novice growers, potential growers, and anyone who seeks a short refresher on the basics of blackberry production. Topics to be covered include the economics of blackberry production, site selection and preparation, basic pest and disease management, and more. Participants will receive a USB-drive of resources and a packet of handouts. Attendance is limited a preregistration is required.
- Fee: $45/person, $35 for members of the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (see www.raspberryblackberry.com).
- If you are a NARBA member please use code NARBA20 on the payment page to receive the member rate.
Executive Farm Management Program
Sunday, January 12 – Wednesday, January 15
Please note: This is a separate event occurring after Southeast Regional Conference and requires an application.
Don’t miss your operation’s opportunity to participate in the Executive Farm Management (EFM) program offered in early 2020. EFM is an executive education program which provides a comprehensive and holistic operational approach for today’s large, family-owned commercial operations. This program is designed specifically for Southeast Produce and/or Tobacco Farms. EFM’s curriculum is delivered in a highly interactive environment, created to provide opportunities to apply new skills and tools taught in a small team environment. Participants can expect to gain new knowledge and skill sets around Strategic Planning, Financial Management, HR and Labor Management, Supply Chain Management, Marketing and Communication, Succession Planning, Risk Management and Strengthening an Operations Value Proposition.
EFM’s business and management experts provide tools and resources to sharpen participant’s farm management acumen and grow their family business. A total of twelve instructional days are delivered across three states in three different sessions designed to positively impact a participant’s operation for years to come. Participation is limited, application deadline is Thursday, October 31, 2019.
More information can be found online here.